Justice of the Peace courts hearing cases and if called to appear you must respond


All Justice of the Peace Court locations across the state are open and are hearing cases.

If you receive a notice to appear in Court you must do so unless you notify the court in advance and make other arrangements, a release from the state judiciary stated.

“The court recognizes that there could be some confusion due to the COVID-19 pandemic closure of most court facilities to the public during April, May and part of June, and while some state courts are still operating under COVID-19 restrictions that are limiting some in-person hearings, the Justice of the Peace Court has largely returned to normal operations,” a release stated.

The Delaware Courts have launched an aggressive cleaning program to ensure public areas are routinely disinfected and to ensure everyone entering any Delaware Court facility – including all Justice of the Peace Court locations – is screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

Face coverings are required for all people entering court facilities, so you should bring a facemask with you. Justice of the Peace Court lobbies and courtrooms have limited room due to social distancing, so some people may be asked to wait outside the court facility for a short time until called by the court.

Many cases can be handled by video. To request a video hearing with a judge instead of appearing in person, click here.

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